What’s the Argument?

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Argument Identification

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 9

Standards / Framework:

  • CC.9-10.W.2.d
  • CC.11-12.W.2.d

Brief Description: Students will be able to identify an argument, as well as persuasive elements of an argument in a given passage.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with language techniques and literary devices, such as metaphors, similes, and analogies.


  • Ask students:
    • “Why do people argue?”
    • “When was the last argument you had, and what was it about?”
    • “Have you ever had to persuade someone to see things from your point of view? How did you do it?”


  • Have students brainstorm and create a concept map to help define the term argument by listing ideas and related words associated with it on the board.
  • In pairs, have students brainstorm and identify language techniques like metaphors, similes, or analogies used to make arguments more persuasive.
  • Have students create a scenario for a comic that revolves around an argument, including characters, a setting, as well as a clear argument or disagreement. 
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic displaying the argument between the characters in the chosen setting, making sure to include multiple language techniques. 


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain the argument central to the comic, as well as the techniques each character used. 
  • Emphasize the importance of being able to identify arguments as a critical reading and critical thinking skill.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Pre-teach vocabulary or provide vocabulary definitions, e.g., simile, metaphor, analogy.
  • Allow students time to work on the concept map individually, prior to sharing as a class.


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